Dear Brother Knights of Saskatchewan,
A great coach of the Green Bay Packers Vince Lombardi, after the team won a championship, said to his players:
“After all the cheers have died down and the stadium is empty after the headlines have been written, and after you are back in the quiet of your room and the championship ring has been placed on the dresser, and after all the pomp and fanfare have faded, the enduring thing that is left is the dedication to doing with our lives the very best we can to make the world a better place in which to live.”
In addition to his coaching success, Lombardi earned regard for his values that he lived in his life and the ones he instilled in his players. Lombardi was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Despite his success and the high regard in which he was held, he never lost sight of the purpose of life.
The words of Lombardi explain very well what being a member of the Knights of Columbus is all about. As Knights, we are on a mission of Charity and evangelization. Each day, in Saskatchewan in our parishes and communities, we have dedicated Knights who do great deeds to make life better for those around us.
This year, knights throughout Sask. have distributed 92 cartons of coats for kids, have provided 245 wheelchairs to give mobility to the needy, have collected thousands of pounds of food for food banks and shelters, have raised thousands of dollars for the Vocations Endowment fund, and have assisted our bishops and priests in the evangelizing mission of the church. This is the trademark of the Knights of Columbus. This is how we become the hands, the face and the heart of Jesus here on earth. As Jesus said, “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren, you do also to me.”
As Vince Lombardi instilled the purpose of life to his players, we as leaders at the state, district, and council levels need to instill into our membership to never lose sight of the purpose of what it means to be a knight.
I thank all knights throughout Sask. for your continued dedication and service to our Order. We are thankful for our team of leaders at the State, District, and Council levels who have assisted our jurisdiction for the great work that we are doing throughout Sask.
However, the year is not over and there is much work to be done in the name of Columbianism, I encourage councils to focus on the following list in the next few months:
- Let’s work hard to reach 1 million dollars in the Vocations Endowment this year.
- Commit to purchasing a wheelchair this year to assist someone in need.
- Make a donation to Special Olympics to assist our Special Olympics Athletes.
- Conduct a food drive during Lent.
- Promote and attend the Spiritual Enrichment Weekend in Saskatoon on March 13th and 14th. This is a great Lenten activity in preparation for Easter.
- Be sure to conduct an Online Membership Drive in your parish in February. We need 13 more members in Feb. to be ‘On Pace’ and retain our strong second-place position in the Canada Cup against Alberta. Each Parish can conduct an Online Membership Drive as the first step to membership.
- All Councils need to submit the Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity – Form 1728.
- State Convention is fast approaching. Be sure to elect delegates to attend, submit resolutions, submit form 10784 for State program awards, submit single projects in the four main program areas, submit a deserving family for State family of the year, and submit your necrology report.
- Encourage Catholic businesses in your community to sponsor a convention activity or place an ad in our State convention book.
- Promote the Launching of the New Degree on March 14th at 6:00 pm right after the Spiritual Enrichment Mass. Councils from across Saskatchewan are asked to bring candidates to the Exemplification of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity.
This past year has been a great year thus far. Many excellent programs have been conducted all across Sask. The good work that we do can be attributed to our great team of state board members, SPDs and chairmen, DDs, Agents, Charitable Foundation members and all the leaders at the council level where most of the action happens.
Special thanks also to all of our Bishops and Priests for promoting the knights as well as allowing us to conduct our programs in the parishes throughout Sask.
May we continue to reach out to prospective members and evangelize others through our charitable works that we do in our church and our community and to welcome others to join us in the Knights of Columbus and in our church.
And may we place our Order in Saskatchewan under the intercession Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Chris Bencharski, State Deputy